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21 Things To Do In Chicago This Weekend: St. Helen Carnival, Vintage Fall Fest, Oktoberfests And More

The temperatures are dropping, but the city isn't stopping, with fall fests, a night-long performance of Indian classical music, a tool sale and more fun.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park
9:00 AM CDT

CPS Approves Land Deal For Near South Side High School — But State Rep Vows To Kill Key Funding

The land deal was approved despite opposition from residents who say the $120 million school will siphon students away from predominately Black neighborhood schools, deepening racial divides.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

West Loop Neighbors To Meet With Police, Officials After Attempted Kidnappings Shake Community

The community meeting is Saturday at Mary Bartelme Park. Residents can voice their concerns with officials and local groups.

West Loop

Man Charged In West Loop Attempted Kidnapping Attacked 2nd Woman, Poured Urine On 3rd Woman In South Loop, Prosecutors Say

Prosecutors said Quavon Ewing attacked the three women in separate incidents within 30 minutes. One of the victims bit him on the neck to free herself, prosecutors said.

West Loop

A Chicago Half Marathon Cut The Course Short And Didn’t Tell Runners Until After: ‘I Truly Feel Cheated’

Many runners are complaining the HOKA Chicago Half Marathon was cut short at the last minute: "I poured everything into this race emotionally and physically, and I remember seeing this and feeling so disappointed."

South Loop

Renowned Filmmaker Tsai Ming-Liang Hosting Chicago Premieres This Week

The first stop of the filmmaker's U.S. tour will feature the Chicago premiere of his short film, an artist lecture and more.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

You Can Attend A Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra Concert For As Little As $1

The orchestra is allowing patrons to pay as they can for shows so it can make classical music more accessible to everyone.


Ragamala, An All-Night Show Of Indian Classical Music, Comes Downtown This Weekend

The all-night show starts Friday night and ends Saturday morning. It will feature pieces from the northern and southern regions of India.


‘Person Of Interest’ Being Questioned In West Loop Attempted Kidnapping

The attempted kidnapping happened Sunday morning in the West Loop.

West Loop

Photos Show Man Wanted In Latest West Loop Kidnapping Attempt

Surveillance photos taken at the Jackson Red Line station 11 minutes after the attack show who police think tried to kidnap a woman in the West Loop.

West Loop

Look Out, Drivers: Bridge Lifts Along The Chicago River Are Back Wednesdays And Saturdays

Bridges along the Chicago River from Lake Shore Drive to Ashland Avenue will be raised on Saturdays and Wednesdays until mid-November.


On World Car Free Day, Chicago Cyclists Call For 10 MPH Speed Limits On Side Streets, A Bike Grid

More than 200 cyclists took to the streets in honor of World Car Free Day, calling for safer streets and better public transit.


Revitalizing LaSalle Street: Lightfoot Offers Up TIF Money To Convert Vacant Offices Into Housing

LaSalle Street's vacancy rates are higher than any other part of Downtown. Can a plan to bring 1,000 new units — 30 percent of them affordable — change that?


River North Alderman Blocks New Hotel Proposal Because Of Trouble At Hotel Next Door

The zoning change, which comes after neighbors complained of violence at a hotel next door, blocks any future hotel development from opening on the Huron Street lot.


Woman Almost Kidnapped On Same West Loop Block Where A Dog Walker Stopped A Kidnapping Last Month

VIDEO: A rideshare driver and passenger teamed up to stop the latest attack, the victim said. Police are investigating whether the two attempted kidnappings are connected.

West Loop

3-Year-Old Boy Dies After Aunt Allegedly Pushed Him Into Lake Michigan Near Navy Pier

Josiah Brown, of suburban Des Plaines, died Sunday morning, according to ABC7.


Save The Mudpuppies: There’s A New Push To Protect A Cute But Threatened Chicago Salamander

A local group is launching a campaign this fall that asks Wolf Lake fishers that catch mudpuppies, a threatened population of aquatic salamanders, to immediately release them.


The Publican Offering German Beer Hall-Inspired Oktoberfest Dinners

The restaurant, which is styled like a European beer hall, will offer a four-course dinner themed around Oktoberfest through Oct. 2.

West Loop

Chicagohenge Dazzles Photographers, Onlookers As It Sends Stunning Light Through City’s Streets

PHOTOS: This spectacle can be seen a few days before and after the equinox, so there's still time to catch a glimpse.


Chicago South Asian Film Festival To Feature Dozens Of Works This Weekend

This year’s festival will see the world premieres of 27 films. It runs through Sunday.

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